Featuring Original Music by Tony Morales and Edward Rogers

Lakeshore Records released THE BAG MAN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and through Amazon-On-Demand on March 4, 2014.  The soundtrack features original music by Tony Morales (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, ENEMIES CLOSER) and Edward Rogers (WAREHOUSE 13, ALPHAS).

“David Grovic, the director of the film, wanted a score that would support the mystery and offbeat color of the various characters in the film. We also decided, collectively, to create a sound palette that was out-of-the-box and somewhat akin to the film’s setting which was the swamplands of Louisiana,” said Morales.

“We kept the instrumentation pretty bare bones,” Rogers added.  “It is mainly acoustic bass, guitars, percussion and some electronics.  Joshua Grange played lap steel guitar to create many of the moody atmospheric sounds heard in the score.  The specific guitar he played is called a Frying Pan guitar, which is an antique instrument that was made by Rickenbacker in the 1930s. The tone of that specific guitar and the masterful way in which he played it is one of the keys to the sound of the film.”

Though they both have separate careers as film and television composers, Morales and Rogers have scored three feature films and one short together.  “The first thing we did was to write thematic ideas based on early creative discussion,” described Morales. “We then decided to go ahead and record them before working to picture so we could see what kind of sound would develop organically. That proved to be fruitful as our musicians were able to contribute many inspirational ideas for us to work with and develop once we started working to picture.”  Rogers agreed, “It really was those early sessions where the heart and soul of the score was born.”

Morales has composed numerous scores for film and television including the recently released Enemies Closer (starring Jean-Claude van Damme), the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys for which he was nominated for an Emmy, and upcoming projects In Your Eyes (written by Joss Whedon) and Dreamworks Animation’s short Rocky & Bullwinkle, both to be released in 2014.  Most recently Rogers composed the score for the SyFy network’s hit series Warehouse 13 – for which he was nominated for an Emmy – and Alphas, as well as the upcoming feature film I Brake For Gringos.  As a team they composed the scores for Hide Away, a 2011 SXSW Film Festival Selection, and Breaking At The Edge to be released in 2014.

THE BAG MAN is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of Jack (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned Jack and a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.


1. The Bag Man
2. A Dark and Lonely Road
3. Forget Everything You Know
4. A Sight For Sore Eyes
5. What’s In The Bag
6. Roadside Assistance
7. Taking Lizard For A Ride
8. Lights Go Out
9. Sheriff Lawson
10. A Perfectly Good Pair Of Handcuffs
11. Prison Break
12. Someone Like You
13. Master of the Game
14. Absolution